Chronic Migraine can suck the life and breath right out of a person. Living with it is exhausting... that's the only way I can describe it. What makes living with chronic Migraine, lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, dystonia and all these other comorbidities easier? People who love you. Today I am so thankful for the friends I have, those who have stuck by me through the best times when I tend to be overly enthusiastic and polly-anna cheerful... and the worst times, when I tend to close myself off in favor of disappearing into a pit of selfishness and despair. The ones who listen when I blabber on and on, and are there to lift me up when I need it. These are the same people who kick me in the tushy when I need it too.
Good friends are like that - we can count on them, and they can count on us.
Photo copyright 2011 Ellen Schnakenberg - Tyki the Havanese I can only hope I have been a good friend to those I feel close to. To you. I do try very hard. My heart goes with you wherever you are. So today, I am telling my friends "I LOVE YOU!" If I could shout it from a rooftop I would. This is my rooftop today. Do me a favor... place your right hand on your left shoulder and hold it there. Place your left hand on your right shoulder. Now close your eyes, take a slow cleansing breath, and squeeze gently. This is a hug, from me to you. I may not talk to you every day, or even every week or every month. That's okay because I know that true friendships can endure the test of time and distance. WE endure the test of time and distance... and chronic illness.
best life, Ellen
Schnakenberg ~patient educator and advocate